HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE
OF ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
The Civil War Round Table of Orange County, California was founded in January 1998. The genesis of the round table began at Barnes and Noble in Huntington Beach, CA where Carl Clink, Dave Shultz and Anna Howland met to talk about the Civil War. All three were members of area round tables and knowing of the absence of a round table in Orange County, set out to create one. By the end of 1997 plans were in the works to start the round table, bringing in Molly Davis, Paul Gillette, Greg King and the late Stan Smith to help organize the club.
In January, 1998, the CWRTOC, CA had it's first meeting at the historic Newland House in Huntington Beach. Our first speaker was Professor Jim Stanberry of Harbor College, a staple of the round table establishment in Southern California, who facilitated a discussion of "Lee as Commander". We had homes at the Huntington Beach Mall, El Torito Restaurant and Kaplan's Deli. We have enjoyed our latest home at Carrow's Restaurant on Magnolia for nearly three years.
The CWRTOC,CA has been actively involved with battlefield and historic site preservation. Our current Preservation Officer, Paul Gillette, spearheaded a grave registration project for our club to document all the Civil War veterans buried in the county. To date we have documented over 700 veterans from both sides of the war. The round table was instrumental in obtaining a gravestone for a Union soldier named Martin Osborne, buried at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana. The presentation of the gravestone was well attended. Paul Gillette, with the sponsorship of the CWRTOC,CA, conducted a cemetery tour of the veterans buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Garden Grove in October, 2000. Over 150 people attended this event.
From February to April, 2000, the CWRTOC, CA hosted three seminars of the battle of Gettysburg at the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Seal Beach. These seminars were held to raise the funds necessary to host the West Coast Civil War Conference. Dave Shultz developed the idea to host the seminars and they were a rousing success.
The CWRTOC,CA sponsored the West Coast Civil War Conference held at the Raddison Resort at Knotts Berry Farm November 9 - 11, 2001. The theme of this conference was "The 1862 Maryland Campaign" featuring national Civil War historians Brian Pohanka and Joseph Harsh. This event raised $5,000 for the preservation of historical sites. Part of the money has been donated to local historical monuments such as the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum in Wilmington, CA and the Lincoln Memorial Shrine located in Redlands, CA. The remainder of the money has been divided between various Civil War battlefield preservation projects.